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Chess Titans

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Chess Titans is a computer chess game included with some versions of Microsoft Windows Vista.
Chess Titans

Chess Titans is a complex strategy game. Winning this game requires planning moves ahead, watching your opponent and making changes to your strategy as the game progresses.

Basics of the Game

The object of the game is to put your opponent's king in checkmate - each player has one king. The more of your opponent’s pieces you capture, the more vulnerable that king becomes. When your opponent's king cannot move without being captured, you have won the game.

Each player starts with 16 pieces, arranged in two rows. Each opponent moves his/her pieces across the board. When you move one of your pieces to a square that your opponent occupies, you capture that piece and remove it from the game.

Start the Game

  • Open the Games folder: Clicking the Start button, click All Programs, click Games, and click Games Explorer.
  • Double-click Chess Titans. (If you don't have a saved game, Chess Titans starts a new game. If you have a saved game, you can continue your previous game.)
  • Click on the Chess piece you want to move. (Squares where it can move will be blue; squares where your piece can capture an opponent's piece will be red.). Next, click on the space where you want the piece to land.

Players take turns moving their pieces across the board. Players can't move to a square occupied by a piece from their own army, but any piece can capture any other piece of the opponent's army.

Type of Game Pieces

There are six types of game pieces:

  • Pawns - can only move forward, one square at a time. On the first move, a pawn can move forward either one or two squares. Pawns move forward diagonally to capture opponent’s pieces.
  • Rooks –can move forward, backward, or sideways in either direction for as many squares as you want.
  • Knights - move two squares in any direction, and then turn 90 degrees and move one more square (making an “L” shaped move). Knights are the only piece that can jump over other pieces.
  • Bishops - Bishops can move diagonally, in any direction for as many squares as you want.
  • Queens - move in a straight line forward, back, sideways, and diagonal for as many spaces are you want. Other than the king, the queen is the most valuable piece.
  • Kings - can move one space in any direction.

For more information about Chess, its history and strategy, you can visit the About.com Chess site to learn more.

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